Growing up in a Navy family, Susan Cram-Smith received her dance training at many schools around the country and overseas, including the Virginia Beach Ballet Academy, The National Ballet School, Stageworkz Theatre Arts Project, & The University of Louisville Dance Academy. She even enjoyed studying Highland dancing while living in Scotland! In high school, she discovered a love of teaching when she began teaching ballet, tap, and jazz classes to military children on base while her family was stationed in Bahrain. Susan continued teaching dance upon her return to the USA, and has taught and choreographed for studios and programs ever since. She has choreographed for award winning competition teams, participates in Project Dance in New York City annually, and enjoys working with students to help them achieve their dance goals. While some of her students over the years have gone on to pursue dance in college programs and even professionally, she enjoys helping students of all levels and abilities to discover a life-long love and appreciation of dance.
Currently, Susan is the Fine Arts Director and K-12 Dance Program Director for a Charleston-area private school. Before moving to Charleston, she founded a performing arts studio in Tennessee and also coached The Carson Newman University Dance Team. Susan Cram-Smith studied Dance Performance and Dance Education at Winthrop University, where she received the Producers Circle Scholarship in Dance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carson Newman University, is a member of the National Dance Education Organization, and is a certified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) instructor for all levels.